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Topic: Fishing (06/07/04)

TITLE: Tall, Taller, and Tallest Tales
By Lisa Buchanan
06/07/04

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We have all heard of fishing stories that have gotten bigger every time they tell it. They get monomous and boring. We swear to ourselves that we'll never exaggerate like that.
But do we? Sometimes Christians feel pressured to be perfect. I know sometimes my athiest friends expect me to be. Sometimes to be a witness, do we say that we've done better or experienced something that relates to them that we haven't auctually experienced?
Sometimes the witness in me wants to say that when I have faced the same temptation I resisted. Afterall, my non-christian friends need to know there's hope in that area. But that's a lie. There are other times that I'm embarrassed that I have commited that paticular sin. Then when they ask me if I have done it, I want to say, "Why no, I haven't." Pretty soon we can adopt the attitude of Joe Christian and feet holyer then the average joe. Or the person who we told we related to them in experience tells another friend who tells another so pretty soon there are ten unknown people talking to you about an unrealated subject that you have not related to.
So admit your human. But hey, you're human so if you mess up once or twice all it means is that you have to try harder or get an accountibillity partner to help you. I know I'm getting one.


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Mary Elder-Criss06/14/04
Lisa,

Although you make an important point about confessing our humanness, your article is full of spelling mistakes and run on sentences, which really detracts from the message you were trying to convey. Think things out a little more carefully, get someone to proofread your work, and you have a winning idea. Looking forward to reading more of your work as you grow. Mary
Linda Miller06/14/04
Hi Lisa - Wonderful message here!
some mis-spelled words - I think you meant monotonous, actually, particular, holier, unrelated and accountability)
I have a friend who helps keep me on the straight and narrow path too and I know that helps me as I walk with the Lord. Thanks for sharing!
Marcell Billinghurst06/14/04
Some good thoughts here.
Yes we are fully human and make mistakes, it is good to know God is willing to forgive us. Your idea of finding someone to keep you accountible is great. A prayer partner often helps. God bless you
Melanie Kerr 06/14/04
I like the comparison you make between fishermen tell tall tales and Christians who are tempted to tell tall tales about what being a Christian is like.
Marie B. Corso06/15/04
Lisa, you share thoughts honestly. My one thought would be to pray each morning that the Lord would help you be the best you can be. Then, just be your best self with the Lord's help. Relax. I bet your friends aren't thinking these things at all.
I have a friend who has an aetheist as a close friend. He really admires her and respects her.
Keep writing, but you will need help with the grammar and spelling and the way the piece looks on the page. Look at some of the other pieces in this challenge and you'll learn.
L.M. Lee06/18/04
nice point...something I always struggle with!
Phyllis Inniss 06/18/04
We're all human and have our faults. All we have to do is to ask the Lord to help us to get out of whatever is keeping us in sin and he will respond.